Creating New Treatments for Kids with Craniopharyngioma

Craniopharyngioma is a type of pediatric brain tumor that typically affects kids under the age of 14 (although it also affects adults between 40-75 years). This tumor is unique in that it usually contains both solid and cyst-like components. Craniopharyngioma most often occurs at the base of the brain behind the eyes near the pituitary…


Ivy was diagnosed with high-risk cancer when she was just a year old. Today she celebrates her 5th birthday!

No one — NO ONE — ever thinks cancer could be the culprit behind the backaches of their one-year-old daughter. The possible explanations are far-ranging, but cancer is just not supposed to be among them. Until it is. Ivy became one of the 43 kids diagnosed with cancer on October 13, 2017, when her backaches…


Levi had to leave home for cancer treatment. Today, he’s healthy and home with his family.

Levi was two months into Kindergarten when he started throwing up 1 to 2 times a week. His pediatrician said Levi had the flu, but later that month, Levi’s left eye started to cross. Levi’s mom felt that the throwing up and eye-crossing were related and asked her friend, an optometrist, to take a look…


Morgan had a 5% chance of survival when she was 15. She turns 30 this November.

Morgan had a 5% chance of survival after being diagnosed with cancer when she was a junior in high school. An experimental treatment saved her life. Morgan was 15 years old when a mass the size of a softball was found low in her pelvic cavity. Here’s what Morgan has to say about her cancer…


Moving personalized medicine forward for every child with cancer, at Children’s Hospital Colorado and beyond

Lia Gore, PhD Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Children’s Hospital Colorado Dr. Lia Gore is the Section Head for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In addition to her role as the Section Head of Hematology / Oncology / BMT-Cell Therapy at Children’s Colorado, Dr. Gore is also the…


The evolution of genetic sequencing: from “chips” to RNA sequencing and single-cell analysis

Andrew Donson, Senior Research Associate The Morgan Adams Foundation Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus & Children’s Hospital Colorado Andy Donson has been an integral member of the research team since the lab first opened its doors more than 25 years ago. “I was a biochemistry major in…


Morgan made me a mom 28 years ago today

On July 30, 1992, Morgan Courtney Adams was born, healthy and destined to make her mark on the world. She was the first of our three children. Of all the things Steven and I imagined for Morgan and her life to come, cancer was never one of them. Watching Morgan endure the seemingly endless painful…


Colorado researchers taking two-pronged approach in search for new AT/RT cancer treatments

Generally, there are two ways to discover a new cancer drug: You can use basic science to discover a cancer’s Achille’s heel and then find or build a drug that exploits it, or you can try a bunch of drugs on cancer cells and see what works. Think of the basic science approach as building…


Your support funds research to stop cancer treatments from causing more cancer

Children’s Hospital Colorado oncologist Adam Green, MD, understands the risks of whole-brain radiation, but sometimes it’s an important part of the cure for cancers like medulloblastoma or high-risk leukemia. The problem is that in addition to the long-term cognitive challenges that can accompany this use of radiation, the treatment can actually cause new cancers: About…


Research identifies ‘genetic switch’ that may protect brain cancer stem cells

Chemotherapy and radiation kill rapidly dividing cells, a hallmark of cancer (and hair). However, cancer stem cells do not divide rapidly and so tend to resist these treatments. And while these stem cells make up only a small percentage of a tumor’s bulk, if only a small population survives treatment, they can often regrow a…